Meet the Staff and Board of Directors of BEAfrica

Our Values

BEAfrica’s Board of Directors, staff and volunteers are guided by the following principles: (RIPE)

  • Relationships
  • Passion
  • Integrity
  • Excellence

Our Operations

BEAfrica has commenced operations in states in Nigeria and will steadily progress to cover countries across sub-Saharan Africa.

Board of Directors

There are currently five (5) Directors on the BEAfrica Board and a Company Secretary. 

The resources offered by the Directors are considerable, backed with experience and expertise in their particular field. 

founder01Ms Abimbola Okoya


Abimbola studied Business Administration in the UK. She also has an MSc in Corporate Governance and Corporate Social Responsibility as well as an MA in Marketing Management from UK and US institutions. She is a CIM certified marketer with over 13 years’ professional experience with both Nigerian and Multinational organisations. She is a World Bank trained development facilitator and has also worked with the public and private sectors on projects related to the Nigerian “Support – A – School” programme.

founder01Mr Tunde Arogunmati

Director, Enterprise Planning and Infrastructure

Civil Engineering graduate of the University of Ife, Nigeria (B.Sc., 1982). Founding Member; Port Harcourt Metropolitan Jaycees (JCI – Junior Chamber International), 1983. President; Nigeria-Britain Association, (2010). Social & Business Enterprise Consultant with experience in Integrated Construction. Management, Tourism, Aviation, Social & Corporate Relationship Development and Global Enterprise Network Management.

founder01Ms Diana Johnson

Director, Training

Diana studied Fine Art and Mass Communication in the U.K. and America. She has 20 years experience in the hospitality and entertainment sectors. She is both a certified professional trainer in customer service and a trained experiential facilitator. She has lived and worked in the UK, USA and Nigeria and has coordinated training programs in Nigeria, England, Ghana and Sierra Leone. She was a founding Director of Team Building Africa and is now a Director at Team Management Partners Limited. She brings to the company her expertise in People Management and Training, as well as Creative Organization.

founder01Mrs Carolyn Hall, MBE

Director, Education and International Relations

Carolyn has an Education and Development Aid background with a UK Teacher’s Certificate and an MSc in Development Economics from Bradford University. She has lived and worked in Nigeria since 1972 firstly with the Kaduna and Borno State Ministries of Education in the 1970‘s, and in the early 80’s established the Maiduguri International Primary School in Maiduguri. In 1989 she joined the Nigerian Conservation Foundation, Lagos, to set up their Environmental Education Department and developed a comprehensive schools programme which included school conservation clubs, teacher training workshops, a national Art & Essay Competition and the publication of a children’s environmental magazine, ‘Tortoise”. She later worked as a Development Aid Consultant to National Governments in Ghana, Swaziland, China, Laos, Vietnam, Pakistan and to Shell, Gabon. In 2012 she was awarded an MBE in Queen Elizabeth II Birthday Honours List for ‘Services to education and environmental awareness in Nigeria”.

founder01Mr Funmi Onabolu

Director, Marketing and Communications

A marketing communications practitioner with over 32years experience, Funmi has had a career spanning broadcasting and marketing communications. After working in TV and Radio Broadcasting, he joined Insight Communications in 1982 becoming COO in 1989 and Executive Director in 1991. He founded COSSE in 1995 to champion Experiential Marketing and Brand Activation in Nigeria. Funmi is a past President of the Association of Advertising Agencies in Nigeria [AAAN]; Fellow of the Advertising Practitioners Council of Nigeria (APCON); Board member, Advertising Practitioners’ Council of Nigeria [APCON]; Chairman, Advertising Practitioners’ Disciplinary Committee [APDC]; Past Chairman of AAAN LAIF Management board. [Nigeria’s Creative Awards]; Member, Institute of Directors; Member, International Special Events Society; Trustee, Steve Rhodes Foundation.

The Board of Directors will operate on a voluntary basis and will be responsible for overseeing the activities of the organisation and managing the Executive Director to deliver the aims and objectives of the organisation. Their activities would be guided by ethical codes of conduct to allow for transparency and accountability.

Company Secretary
Miss Ejiro Deniran

Company Secretary

Staff Team
Miss Ayo Thompson

Executive Director

Mrs Taiwo Sapara

Operations Manager

Miss Ese Awefada

Programs & Communication Assistant

Mrs Uzo Mark

Implementing and Monitoring Manager